Letters to the Editor

July 9, 2020

“It's so important to me that we maintain our environment so that future generations can experience pristine nature the way we all have had the opportunity to.” — Tom Kean Jr. Sen. Kean posted this statement on social media along with a photo of his younger self smiling in an outdoor ...

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To the Editor: I am a student at Chatham High School, and while in general, I feel that the district’s plan for dealing with the current pandemic is adequate, there is one issue that I feel it doesn’t address. Social distancing in the hallways when students need to go from class to class in the ...

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To the Editor: Bridgewater Republican Mathew Moench, recently endorsed a new Republican Somerset County Chair by stating this individual, Tim Howes, would stay “true to our Republican values.” This is particularly egregious for as we have seen from the leader of the Republican Party, Donald ...

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This letter is to reaffirm my commitment to honestly and transparently represent Ward 3 residents, as I’ve done since I was elected to the Town Council in 2018. I take seriously my responsibility to share unbiased facts with you about town issues so you can form your own judgments. I have ...

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I've been complaining about this for a few years. I see people drive dirt bikes up and down Park Ave, W 8th St, and Crescent Ave constantly (as recently as yesterday afternoon). Just last month during a rally at the library a dirt bike was driven south on Park Ave and turned left onto Crescent ...

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On Tuesday morning I received a call from Mayor Dennis Sullivan reporting a potential disturbance at the Somerville motor vehicle office. When I arrived, I was appalled to see hundreds of DMV customers lined up all the way down Fieldstone Drive out to Gaston Avenue. There were hundreds of cars ...

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There are local ordinances that are cause for legitimate concern.  There are others for which misinformation feeds unwarranted fear.  As a former Westfield Town Councilman, I have had experience with both.  The recently proposed amendment to the Westfield Historic Preservation ordinance is of the ...

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On Monday, we saw a storm that drastically effected Madison. I would like to take the time to personally thank the employees of the Madison Electric Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Works and Water Department as well as the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps ...

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Dear Editor: During this unprecedented time, it is hard to place focus/importance on just one thing. We are living through a pandemic, which we had not yet experienced in today's society, and what is considered to be the largest Civil Rights Movement in the world up to date, spanning three ...

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Dear Editor: It is no secret that there is an ongoing controversy about the Columbus Monument in Scotch Plains being removed. Once protestors band together against something like this, it is far too easy to forget the true meaning. I challenge you to take on a different perspective, and to ...

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To the Editor:  I am overwhelmed with embarrassment. What we are doing to each other is unspeakable and unprecedented for Americans. Normally after a tragedy we unite. We usually put the little things aside and reach out to one another.  We Unify. This time we have taken out our daggers and ...

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Dear Editor, 1st amendment and Chatham New Jersey don’t work “Perfect together” …  Tom Kean Sr.  I found this very disturbing.  Today Monday July 6th while driving up Main Street in Chatham Boro I witnessed and took pictures of a Chatham DPW worker removing Rosemary Becchi Political signs off ...

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NJ Primary Day -- Are you a party member? Are you voting? I am disappointed in the New Jersey electoral process. I am one of more than 2,400,000 unaffiliated voters in New Jersey. That's more than there are registered as either Republican or Democrat. Independent voters are not complacent, ...

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I met Dr. Arati Kreibich when she was running for Council in our town of Glen Rock in 2017. Like me, she was passionate about fighting the climate crisis, and I was excited to vote for her. I’ve since participated in town-wide cleanups that she has led, and I have admired her work on the Council, ...

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Dear Editor   National Anthem “And the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air”....a peaceful introduction? Hardly. “Our flag “was still there” In its fourth verse It is alleged that it also contains racism, elitism and sexism. Apparently the anthem was written to proclaim ...

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On Sunday, July 5th, I witnessed quite a phenomenon.  I was fixing the sail on my Sunfish when I heard a rumbling in the distance.  I ran to see what was causing this sound.  I looked out on Barnegat Bay, and could not believe what I saw.  It was a hundred plus flotilla of boats moving south toward ...

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To the Editor: I came across your recent statement challenging my service on Council as "false and baseless." Better role-models would urge caution in answering what is truly baseless criticism of my work and ideas, as it could otherwise leave no time for constructive work. “But since you are ...

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To The Editor: Recently, a 150+ year old Victorian was torn down in Westfield, next to my childhood home. Before its aging, longtime owners fell ill, it was a well-maintained property and stood testament to some of Westfield’s earlier times. It was the original clubhouse of the Westfield Tennis ...

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I have reviewed the proposal for the creation of an Historic Preservation Commission being considered by the Town Council and am concerned about this legislation, particularly with what I regard as the lack of foresight and evaluation of the unintended consequences of this action. The HPC’s mandate ...

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Dear Holmdel Residents, The last few months have been challenging times.  The pandemic has caused havoc to everyone's lives in one way or another, and the impact upon the education system is no different.  Schools throughout the country are in the throes of unprecedented summer planning so that ...

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The demolition of 112 Park Drive by Union County ends a longstanding eyesore sitting in a flood hazard area adjacent to Nomehgan Park, but it also turns the page for Cranford and the county to complete Phase 5 of the Cranford Flood Control plan.  The property acquisition is being added to ...

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Dear Editor: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Powerful words written by an imperfect man, Thomas Jefferson. Words ...

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I moved to Piscataway in 1997. Shortly after, in 2000, Brian Wahler was elected mayor of this town. He was re-elected again in 2004, 2008, 2012, and re-elected once more in 2016. Like everyone else, I read the posts and comments on Facebook saying "Vote him out" and "King Wahler must go" and ...

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We are living through an unprecedented, transformative moment in our lifetimes.   In an attempt to document COViD-19 in Sparta for ourselves and future generations, Sparta Historical Society, following the NJ Historical Commission’s webinar and Newark Library’s and Monmouth County Historical ...

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Robert is dedicated, sincere and serious about helping others. I have known of Robert and have had the honor of serving with him on the Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment for many years. I have found his approach to serving the community and his duties on the Zoning Board as thoughtful and ...

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It is time for the Holmdel Republican Party to finally come together and “Reject” the politics of deception and personal destruction being circulated by the current mayor and his campaign team. It is time to set the record straight on three specific topics 1.    Attacks Against Vicky Flynn & ...

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I will vote Column B in the New Jersey Primary.  It is without question that I will support the Biden/Booker ticket along with all of the Column B Democrats. Here is why I support our local Piscataway elected officials running on the Column B line. Mayor Wahler, council members, Gabrielle ...

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In Piscataway, we are facing an Environmental Crisis because of Global Climate Change. Are our elected leaders preparing our community well for it? I say no. As a long-time resident of our town, I have more questions than I have answers about what our current officials are doing: Why don’t ...

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To the Editor, In this day and age, not having your platform readily available on your campaign website is the height of arrogance. Unlike every other candidate seeking to represent the voters of New Jersey congressional district NJ07, Tom Kean Jr. seems to be trying to hide in plain sight. I ...

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To the Editor: We are again coming up on an important primary election here in Chatham Township. Given the unprecedented events of recent months, now more than ever, it is important that we have strong elected leaders at the municipal government level. We need elected leaders that are attuned to ...

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